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Course Schedule for ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - Fall 2018
Class
No.
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
Required
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2018 ENVS-112-01 Introduction to Earth Science 1.25 LEC Geiss, Christoph TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA GLB3  
  Enrollment limited to 36
  NOTE: 22 seats reserved for first-years, 8 for sophomores, 4 for juniors and 2 for seniors.
  NOTE: 5 additional seats will be available with instructor permission.
  The course will introduce students to the basic principles of geology, such as rock and mineral identification, the interpretation of the geological record, and the theory of plate tectonics. These principles will allow us to reconstruct the Earth’s history, to interpret sedimentary records in terms of environmental change, and to assess the impact of human activity on the Earth system. Additional topics include volcanoes and igneous rocks, sedimentary environments, the Earth’s climatic history, the formation of mountain ranges and continents, and an introduction to the Earth’s interior. Two one-day field trips focus on the local geology and the various rock types found within the state.
2019 ENVS-112-20 Introduction to Earth Science 1.25 LAB Gourley, Jonathan R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA GLB3  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  NOTE: 5 additional seats will be available with instructor permisson.
  The course will introduce students to the basic principles of geology, such as rock and mineral identification, the interpretation of the geological record, and the theory of plate tectonics. These principles will allow us to reconstruct the Earth’s history, to interpret sedimentary records in terms of environmental change, and to assess the impact of human activity on the Earth system. Additional topics include volcanoes and igneous rocks, sedimentary environments, the Earth’s climatic history, the formation of mountain ranges and continents, and an introduction to the Earth’s interior. Two one-day field trips focus on the local geology and the various rock types found within the state.
2732 ENVS-112-21 Introduction to Earth Science 1.25 LAB Gourley, Jonathan T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA GLB3  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  The course will introduce students to the basic principles of geology, such as rock and mineral identification, the interpretation of the geological record, and the theory of plate tectonics. These principles will allow us to reconstruct the Earth’s history, to interpret sedimentary records in terms of environmental change, and to assess the impact of human activity on the Earth system. Additional topics include volcanoes and igneous rocks, sedimentary environments, the Earth’s climatic history, the formation of mountain ranges and continents, and an introduction to the Earth’s interior. Two one-day field trips focus on the local geology and the various rock types found within the state.
3792 ENVS-115-01 Natural Disasters 1.00 LEC Bouali, El Hachemi MWF: 9:00AM-9:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  An introductory course on natural disasters, their study, their impacts, and human attempts to mitigation. The course will begin with an overview and discussion about why humans decide to live in harm's way. It then takes a closer look at natural disasters that have the potential to cause catastrophic property damage and loss of human lives. Natural disasters covered in the course include earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, landslides, sinkholes and subsidence, climate change, flooding, and major weather events. The course will emphasize real-world examples and include discussions of current, ongoing events as they occur throughout the semester. This course is designed for non-science majors who seek to learn more about dramatic geological, environmental, and meteorological phenomena.
2887 ENVS-141-01 Globl Pers Biodiversty&Conserv 1.00 LEC Pitt, Amber MWF: 9:00AM-9:50AM TBA GLB3  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  NOTE: 6 seats reserved for first year students
  This lecture and discussion course focuses on the current biodiversity crisis. We will discuss biological diversity and where it is found and how it is monitored, direct and indirect values of biodiversity, and consequences of biodiversity loss. Topics of discussion will also include the problems of small populations, the politics of endangered species, species invasions and extinctions, and the role of humans in these processes, design and establishment of reserves, captive breeding, and the role that the public and governments play in conserving biological diversity. Not creditable to the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. This course is not open to students who have already received a C- or better in Biology 233 (Conservation Biology).
3552 ENVS-305-01 Soil Science 1.00 LEC Geiss, Christoph T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Environmental Science 112L
  After a brief introduction to the soil profile, its nomenclature and classification, the course will concentrate on the processes and factors that influence weathering and soil development. Topics to be covered include: physical and chemical weathering of rocks; the influences of parent material, topography, climate, and time on soil formation; and the relationships between soils and the biosphere. The remainder of the course will be taken up with the application of soils to geological and environmental problems. Two half-day field trips will familiarize students with the various soil types found in Connecticut.
2012 ENVS-375-01 Methds in Environmentl Science 1.25 LEC Pitt, Amber
Bazilio, Arianne
MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Environmental Science 149L and Chemistry 111L.
  A field-oriented, problem-based course covering data collection and analysis methods commonly used to conduct environmental assessments and to solve environmental problems. This course includes methods for risk assessment, land management and land use history determination, habitat analysis, bio-monitoring, soil composition analysis, soil and water chemistry analysis, and GIS mapping. A strong emphasis is placed upon research design, data manipulation, and statistical analysis, and students are required to complete significant work outside the classroom. As a culminating exercise, students prepare a final report that integrates all the topics and techniques learned throughout the course and that addresses the focal problem. This course is not open to first year students.
2013 ENVS-375-20 Methds in Environmentl Science 1.25 LAB Pitt, Amber
Bazilio, Arianne
W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Environmental Science 149L and Chemistry 111L.
  A field-oriented, problem-based course covering data collection and analysis methods commonly used to conduct environmental assessments and to solve environmental problems. This course includes methods for risk assessment, land management and land use history determination, habitat analysis, bio-monitoring, soil composition analysis, soil and water chemistry analysis, and GIS mapping. A strong emphasis is placed upon research design, data manipulation, and statistical analysis, and students are required to complete significant work outside the classroom. As a culminating exercise, students prepare a final report that integrates all the topics and techniques learned throughout the course and that addresses the focal problem. This course is not open to first year students.
2086 ENVS-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
2087 ENVS-405-01 Internship in Env Science 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course allows students to meet the integrating experience requirement for the environmental science major through an approved integrated internship. Students who wish to use an internship toward the major must have their integrated internship contract approved by the Environmental Science Program director before the internship is begun. All students undertaking approved internships will be required to keep a detailed log of their activities, prepare a final written report and make an oral presentation of their work to the Environmental Science Program staff and students in order to complete the internship credit.
2097 ENVS-419-01 Research in Env Science Libr 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Students will conduct library research projects under the direction of an individual staff member. Students electing this type of independent study should plan on a full semester culminating with the completion of a final formal paper. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
2088 ENVS-425-01 Research in Env Science Lab 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Students will conduct original laboratory research projects under the direction of an individual staff member. Students electing to pursue independent study of this type should plan on initiating the work no later than the fall of the senior year, and should also plan on no less than two semesters of study with a final formal report to be submitted to the staff. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
2089 ENVS-466-01 Teaching Assistantship 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
2108 ENVS-497-01 Honors Research 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  An extended paper on the subject of the student's two-semester research project with a professor in environmental science, to be read by three or more members of the program. This course is open only to those environmental science majors who wish to qualify for honors (See paragraph on honors in environmental science in the description of the major). Simultaneous enrollment in Environmental Science 419 or 425 during the spring semester of senior year, submission of the special registration form available in the Registrar's Office, and approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
2861 BIOL-141-01 Globl Pers Biodiversty&Conserv 1.00 LEC Pitt, Amber MWF: 9:00AM-9:50AM TBA GLB3  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  NOTE: 6 seats reserved for first year students
  This lecture and discussion course focuses on the current biodiversity crisis. We will discuss biological diversity and where it is found and how it is monitored, direct and indirect values of biodiversity, and consequences of biodiversity loss. Topics of discussion will also include the problems of small populations, the politics of endangered species, species invasions and extinctions, and the role of humans in these processes, design and establishment of reserves, captive breeding, and the role that the public and governments play in conserving biological diversity. Not creditable to the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. This course is not open to students who have already received a C- or better in Biology 233 (Conservation Biology).
3000 BIOL-333-01 Ecology 1.25 LEC Toscano, Benjamin MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L, or permission of instructor.
  A study of the adaptations of organisms to their environment and of the interrelationships among organisms that determine the structure and attributes of natural populations and biological communities. Field trips and laboratory exercises use sampling methods and statistical techniques to analyze the response of organisms to their physical environment, selected population phenomena, and different natural communities. Several field trips are required during the term. It is recommended that students take Biology 215L and 222L before enrolling, but they are not prerequisites.
3001 BIOL-333-20 Ecology 1.25 LAB Toscano, Benjamin M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L, or permission of instructor.
  A study of the adaptations of organisms to their environment and of the interrelationships among organisms that determine the structure and attributes of natural populations and biological communities. Field trips and laboratory exercises use sampling methods and statistical techniques to analyze the response of organisms to their physical environment, selected population phenomena, and different natural communities. Several field trips are required during the term. It is recommended that students take Biology 215L and 222L before enrolling, but they are not prerequisites.
3138 HIST-219-01 Planet Earth 1.00 LEC Cocco, Sean MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  NOTE: 10 seats reserved for first year students, 10 for sophomores, 5 seats for juniors and 4 seats for History majors
  This course explores the effect of the natural world on human history and of humans on the natural world. Our focus is on the earth as a global system. We begin with a consideration of human and natural histories in deep time, well before the written record, and offer an argument for why those histories matter. We then examine how the historical past can be understood in the context of these planetary themes, reframing familiar events in ancient and modern history by highlighting major natural changes that accompanied them, such as the redistribution of plants and animals, the fluctuation of climate, and the development of planet-altering technologies. The course culminates in a consideration of the future planetary conditions that past and present actions may cause.
3148 HIST-219-02 Planet Earth 1.00 LEC Kete, Kathleen MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  NOTE: 10 seats reserved for first year students, 10 for sophomores, 5 seats for juniors and 4 seats for History majors
  This course explores the effect of the natural world on human history and of humans on the natural world. Our focus is on the earth as a global system. We begin with a consideration of human and natural histories in deep time, well before the written record, and offer an argument for why those histories matter. We then examine how the historical past can be understood in the context of these planetary themes, reframing familiar events in ancient and modern history by highlighting major natural changes that accompanied them, such as the redistribution of plants and animals, the fluctuation of climate, and the development of planet-altering technologies. The course culminates in a consideration of the future planetary conditions that past and present actions may cause.
3149 HIST-219-03 Planet Earth 1.00 LEC Wickman, Thomas MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  NOTE: 10 seats reserved for first year students, 10 for sophomores, 5 seats for juniors and 4 seats for History majors
  This course explores the effect of the natural world on human history and of humans on the natural world. Our focus is on the earth as a global system. We begin with a consideration of human and natural histories in deep time, well before the written record, and offer an argument for why those histories matter. We then examine how the historical past can be understood in the context of these planetary themes, reframing familiar events in ancient and modern history by highlighting major natural changes that accompanied them, such as the redistribution of plants and animals, the fluctuation of climate, and the development of planet-altering technologies. The course culminates in a consideration of the future planetary conditions that past and present actions may cause.